- Bato Dela Rosa has tested positive for COVID-19
- Dela Rosa made the statement on Facebook and asked those who came in contact with him to follow the necessary protocols
- He is the fifth senator in the country who contracted the virus
Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa announced Saturday morning that he tested positive for COVID-19.
In a Facebook post, the former Philippine National Police chief informed the public that he is positive for the virus, encouraging everyone who had physical contact with him to follow the protocols.
“I am sorry to inform you that I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. To all who made contact with me, please do the appropriate protocols,” he said.
In a text message to GMA News, the senator said his eldest daughter, driver, and helper also contracted the virus, while his wife tested negative.
Dela Rosa said he is experiencing cough and colds.
Senate President Tito Sotto said Dela Rosa went to the Senate last November 18, Wednesday. “Well, he was in the Senate last Wednesday but we did not have any close contact. But nag-swab antigen test na rin kami last night. Negative naman ako,” Sen. Sotto said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said those who have been exposed to someone who has COVID should cooperate with contact tracing procedures and get tested for the virus.
“If testing is not available, stay home and away from others for 14 days. While you are in quarantine, do not go to work, to school, or to public places. Ask someone to bring you supplies,” WHO said in their list of their frequently asked questions.
Dela Rosa is the fifth senator in the country who tested positive for COVID-19 after senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Koko Pimentel, Sonny Angara, and Bong Revilla.
As of Nov. 20, the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 415,067 total COVID-19 cases, 31,805 of which are active